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lip

noun \ ˈlip \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of lip

1 : either of two fleshy folds that surround the mouth in humans and many other vertebrates and are organs of human speech essential to certain articulations; also : the red or pinkish margin of the human lip
2 slang : back talk
3 a : a fleshy edge or margin (as of a wound)
b : labium
c : labellum 1
d : a limb of a labiate corolla
4 a : the edge of a hollow vessel or cavity
b : a projecting edge: such as
(1) : the beveled upper edge of the mouth of an organ flue pipe
(2) : the sharp cutting edge on the end of a tool (such as an auger)
(3) : a short spout (as on a pitcher)
c : edge 2

lipless

play \ˈlip-ləs\ adjective

liplike

play \ˈlip-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of lip in a Sentence

  1. He had a cut on his lip.

  2. She was nervously biting her lip.

  3. the lips of a wound

  4. the lip of a crater

  5. the lip of a pitcher

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Origin and Etymology of lip

Middle English, from Old English lippa; akin to Old High German leffur lip and probably to Latin labium, labrum lip


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lip

adjective

Definition of lip

1 : insincere
  • lip praise
2 : produced with the participation of the lips : labial
  • lip consonants

Examples of lip in a Sentence

  1. part of the ritual of the awards ceremony is the nominee's lip praise for the performances of his or her competitors

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First Known Use of lip

1558


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lip

verb

Definition of lip

lipped; lipping
transitive verb
1 : to touch with the lips; especially : kiss
2 : utter
3 : to lap against : lick
4 : to hit (a putt) so that the ball hits the edge of the cup but fails to drop in usually used with out
intransitive verb
: to hit the edge of the cup without dropping in used with out
  • the putt lipped out

Examples of lip in a Sentence

  1. the waves, reflecting the red glow of the sunset, gently lipped the prow

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First Known Use of lip

1589

lip Synonyms

Synonyms
bathe, lap, lave, wash, splash
Related Words
bubble, gurgle, plash, ripple, slosh

lip-

combining form
variants: or lipo-

Definition of lip-

: fat : fatty tissue : fatty
  • lipoid
  • lipoprotein

Origin and Etymology of lip-

New Latin, from Greek, from lipos — more at leave


LIP Defined for English Language Learners

lip

noun

Definition of lip for English Language Learners

  • : either one of the two soft parts that surround the mouth

  • : the edge of a cut or hole

  • : the edge of a container especially where it is slightly spread out


LIP Defined for Kids

lip

noun \ ˈlip \

Definition of lip for Students

1 : either of the two folds of flesh that surround the mouth
2 : the edge of a hollow container (as a jar) especially where it is slightly spread out
3 : an edge (as of a wound) like or of flesh
4 : an edge that sticks out
  • the lip of a roof

lipped

\ˈlipt\ adjective

Medical Dictionary

lip

noun \ ˈlip \

medical Definition of lip

1 : either of the two fleshy folds which surround the opening of the mouth in humans and many other vertebrates and in humans are organs of speech essential to certain articulations; also : the pinkish or reddish margin of a human lip composed of nonglandular mucous membrane and usually exposed when the mouth takes on its natural set
2 : an edge of a wound
3 : either of a pair of fleshy folds surrounding an orifice
4 : an anatomical part or structure (as a labium) resembling a lip

liplike

play \ˈlip-ˌlīk\ adjective


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